Appledore, Barnstaple, Clovelly and Torridge were all in action at the Rock Regatta on Sunday.

Pilot gig clubs from Barnstaple, Torridge, Appledore and Clovelly all attended the Rock Rowing Club Regatta on Sunday.

Twenty-eight boats took to Daymer Beach on the Camel estuary near Rock, were the river was blanketed by fog.

Although it cleared for the ladies’ veterans, the first race of the day, it soon came back to hamper the view for spectators.

When it finally cleared for good, there were perfect conditions for the men’s vets, men’s and ladies’ A and B races, as well as U14 and U16 races and a novelty heat.

Of the North Devon crews, Torridge came out tops in the Ladies Veterans with a fourth place in Kerens, followed by Barnstaple in Lady Freda in sixth, Appledore rowing Verbena in eighth and Clovelly in Christine H coming 15th.

In the Mens Veterans, Torridge again took the local honours with second place, Appledore were next in ninth, Barnstaple 14th and Clovelly 17th.

The Appledore Ladies B crew fought hard from the back to take sixth place, with Torridge in seventh, Barnstaple 18th, and Clovelly 26th.

In the Mens B race Torridge were 11th, closely followed this time by Clovelly in 12th, Appledore in 16th and Barnstaple in 20th.

Torridge fielded an U16 crew who came a very creditable fifth place.

The Ladies A crews then took to the water at low tide, with a fast estuary current making the management of the start line difficult.

Appledore Ladies were the only North Devon Club to field an A crew and came in 11th.

In the Mens A race, friendly local rivalry between Torridge and Appledore kept the crews fighting for every inch of water and power on the stroke.

In a photo finish, Appledore held on for 9th place, with Torridge sadly disqualified.

Barnstaple took 16th place and Clovelly 20th.

Next Saturday local clubs will be competing in the annual Two Bridges race, where crews race from Torridge Bridge in Bideford to Castle Quay in Barnstaple.

There are also regattas at Swanage and Salcombe.